Wild Garlic (Ramsons)
Native perennial of woods and shady places throughout
Native perennial of woods and shady places preferring damp
A medium perennial growing up to 45cm.
The leaves are broad and flat.
The white, star-shaped flowers are held in a spherical head from
April to June.
The bulbs can be used for cooking although the usual culinary species is
Allium sativum. The leaves, however, can be used in salads or cooked to
flavour dishes. They particularly complement soft cheeses. In
the past, it has been used to treat digestive disorders, rheumatism,
high blood pressure and asthma.
Other Notes: The
plant is similar to the poisonous Lily of the Valley when not in flower,
but the garlic smell of Ramsons when crushed is distinctive.
Sowing Instructions for Seeds:
Sow seed from Autumn
until end of January as they will benefit from a period of cold
stratification. When the seedlings
enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots.
Plant the seedlings out into their final position in summer.
plants and seeds are of native British origin.
Available for Autumn planting from August to November - click
here to see Dormant Bulb Pages
'in the green' available for late Winter/Spring planting from January to
April - click
here to see 'In the Green' Pages
Seeds available from September to December - click
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